1989: Neighborhood Ministries began as the “Sandwich Club.” After school on Wednesday afternoons, children who lived nearby came to the church after school for a sandwich.
1999: The outreach became Neighborhood Ministries. “Clubhouse” was offered five days per week during the school year to students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Participants were picked up from neighboring schools and brought to the church for a snack, homework help and spiritual guidance.
2003: Because of the popularity of Clubhouse, the ministry expanded to include “Club Christ” for students in sixth through twelfth grade. The objective was to keep middle and high school students off the streets and in a safe environment during the hours when teenagers are most likely to succumb to peer pressure, drugs and alcohol.
2005: With grants and other funding, “Outreach Florida” began for kindergarten through fifth grade students during the summer. The Polk County Summer Feeding Program provides a fully-balanced breakfast and lunch for each child during this seven-week, full-day program.
2016: 67 children participated in Outreach Florida during the summer of 2016. 90 students from 14 schools participated in the after school ministry and completed nearly 3,000 hours of community service.